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One-dose J&J COVID vaccine poised for FDA green light after advisory panel OK

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday gave its green light to a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, signaling that states will soon see a third vaccine option in their weekly shipments — and the first that only requires one shot.

Transgender Biden nominee draws tirade from Rand Paul at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official at her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday faced a tirade from a Republican senator about gender-affirmation surgery for minors, as well as criticism about the state’s response to the pandemic.

Game-changing one-dose COVID vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

WASHINGTON — States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The...

GOP senators from the West grill Haaland for a second day

In a bitter and at times high-decibel round of questioning at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Interior nominee Rep. Deb Haaland again fielded questions from Senate Republicans from oil and gas-producing states about the Biden administration's energy policies.

Feds ship out COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storms

WASHINGTON — White House officials said Monday that thawing temperatures and a weekend of around-the-clock work has begun to clear a backlog of 6 million COVID-19 vaccines that were delayed due to last week’s devastating winter storms.

Biden pick for Interior secretary likely to face rocky confirmation hearing

U.S. Senate Republicans may use next week’s Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states.

Liberal groups call on Sinema to end the Senate filibuster

A coalition of more than 40 progressive groups that have supported U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the past is now pressuring her to change her mind about her stance on eliminating the filibuster. 

Added COVID-19 testing on the way with $1.6B from the Biden administration

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is directing $1.6 billion to bolster COVID-19 testing nationally, including money to expand testing in schools and homeless shelters, boost supplies needed for testing, and analyze results to more quickly identify new strains of the virus.

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOPs vote to convict

The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding his second impeachment trial with the same verdict as his first impeachment.

Sinema opposes Dem push for $15 hourly minimum wage

WASHINGTON — A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the U.S., including in Arizona, but a Democratic proposal to do just that is opposed by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
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